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The Chase's Paul Sinha unable to continue 'most enjoyable' part of career due to illness

He tweeted back in March: “New episodes of Beat the Chasers are on their way.

“Unfortunately, I wasn’t well for the recordings and couldn’t join in this time around. I’m feeling much better now. X.”

Paul is one of the six Chasers on the ITV game show The Chase, alongside Mark Labbett, Jenny Ryan, Shaun Wallace, Darragh Ennis and Anne Hegerty.

He previously said he would quit The Chase if he began to struggle answering the questions at speed, due to suffering from Parkinson’s disease.

“The Chase won’t fire me,” he told Loose Women panellists. “I’ll say, ‘It’s been a lovely journey, you’ve treated me very well, see you later’.”

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New ‘day out’ vouchers to spend on staycations as part of recovery plan – how to get them

With the aim of speeding up the industry’s recovery, the UK has launched a plan to return domestic tourism to pre-pandemic levels by 2022. British holidaymakers will be encouraged to travel by train on their next staycation and will be offered vouchers for popular tourist attractions. 

The rail pass will be similar to the BritRail pass for international visitors, which offers flexible travel and discounted entry to tourist attractions.

The plan came a week after the Office of Rail and Road revealed passenger numbers on Britain’s railways have reached the lowest level in at least 150 years.

Recent data showed that only 388 million journeys were made last year.

This was only 22 percent of the total of 1.739 billion during the previous year and the lowest annual figure dating back to 1872.

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The National Lottery will launch the £10 million voucher scheme to use at tourist attractions across the UK.

The initiative also promised a Sustainable Tourism Plan later this year to look at measures to reduce tourism’s impact on the environment. 

The plan will build on investments already underway such as the England Coast Path. 

The recovery plan showed that before the pandemic, England was on course to hit 100 million domestic trips in 2020. 

Chairman of VisitBritain and VisitEngland, Lord Patrick McLoughlin, described the plan as “an important step on the road to recovery, recognising the economic potential of the sector and setting a clear policy direction”.

“Our spending review bid this year will seek to support the plan’s ambitions,” he said. 

Airbnb general manager for Northern Europe Amanda Cupples added: “Airbnb is preparing for the travel rebound of the century. We want to work with the government to help everyone benefit. 

“We’ve worked with communities across the UK on proposals for a tourism accommodation register and are delighted to see the government take this forward.” 

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This post originally appeared on Daily Express :: Travel Feed

Final Fantasy 7 Remake Part 2: Bad news for fans hoping for E3 2021 update

One hotly tipped unannounced game from Square Enix that could get revealed at E3 2021 is Final Fantasy Origin.

This is reportedly an action-focused spin-off developed in collaboration with Team Ninja.

Final Fantasy Origin is believed to be a Souls-like game with a setting that ties into the original Final Fantasy game that kickstarted it all.

Final Fantasy Origin is reportedly a PS5 exclusive as well.

News on another PS5 exclusive, Final Fantasy 16, is also due to drop in 2021.

Towards the end of last year Yoshi-P said fans could look forward to news on FF16 dropping in 2021.

However, it’s unclear if an update will come during Square Enix’s event at E3, or if news could be saved up for a future PlayStation stream.

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This post originally appeared on Daily Express :: Entertainment Feed

This pandemic jobs program may become a permanent part of Austin

AUSTIN (KXAN) — A program launched to help Austinites find work during the pandemic is expanding.

The Austin Civilian Conservation Corps (ACCC) is looking for a new crew that will focus on reducing wildfire risks this fall. It will be one of about a dozen projects that have kept people employed since the program’s launch last fall.

And now, the city council member behind ACCC doesn’t want to see the program end.

“Especially after a lot of the rain, the trails will grow over, so we’re coming through with loppers and clearing it out, making it easier for people to walk through,” explained Michael Dehay.

He’s the ACCC crew lead for the American Youthworks team, one of the community partners that manages the program.

Dehay seems to know a lot about conservation, but he’s only been in the field for about five months.

“I had been doing the print shop job for 10 years and kind of thought I’d be doing that for my life,” he said.

He lost his job in March during COVID-19 shutdowns. So did everyone else on this team.

“Never touched a chainsaw in my life before this job,” one of them said.

That’s when they found the ACCC — modeled off President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s Civilian Conservation Corps in the 1930s.

The goal is to employ those hit by the pandemic through city projects and provide them with the training to be able to pursue a long-term job after the project wraps up, which can range from a few weeks to a few months.

More than 100 people have cleared trails, created artwork and even worked on construction projects in the City of Austin.

“It helps us to accomplish multiple city goals at once: we are providing the jobs, we are providing training and we are beautifying and improving our city,” said Alison Alter, city council member for District 10.

Alter, who created the program, said those jobs aren’t going away anytime soon, and the city needs a reliable, trained labor force.

She also said labor ends up being cheaper for the city than hiring contractors, since the projects are typically seasonal for different departments, and crews can be hard to find.

“If you can piece all of those together to create a crew that’s running all year round, it’s much, much cheaper than just trying to tackle sort of the one project at a time,” Alter said.

It’s why she’s trying to secure $ 5 million for the program for the next fiscal year.

“So that it can serve as a workforce hub and allow all the departments that have these projects that are climate, creative related to get those things done,” Alter said.

Currently, she said they have $ 1.9 million through the fiscal year. About $ 500,000 came from the general fund and the rest was reallocated from seven different department budgets.

So far, only about $ 850,000 has been committed for next year, but Alter hopes city council will make room in the budget as well as the American Rescue Plan funding, both of which are currently being discussed.

Dehay’s time with ACCC ends in October, but he plans to stay in his new line of work. He’s already applied to a conservation-related job with the city.

“I love it,” he said.

In April, Travis County commissioners voted to create a similar program, based off of Austin’s success.

The Civilian Conservation Corps will create jobs that will also benefit the environment.

Commissioners are in the process of developing a strategy for the program. The goal is to have that done by June 15th.

Author: Tahera Rahman
This post originally appeared on KXAN Austin

A Quiet Place Part II run time: How long is the movie?

A Quiet Place Part II is the second instalment in the franchise, which will also include an upcoming spin-off and possibly a third film. Emily Blunt returns to play Evelyn, the mother desperate to save her family after the death of her husband (played by John Krasinski) at the hand of blind aliens who feast on humans.

How long is A Quiet Place Part II?

Most horror films tend not to be too long, as the anticipation and tension of horror movies are too much to bear for long periods.

As well as this, it is difficult to hold a viewer’s attention for too long, especially if they are struggling to watch what is on screen without the use of a pillow to hide behind.

A Quiet Place Part II has followed suit and is an economical 97 minutes, meaning it is just over an hour and a half long.

This is the same as the first film, which was also 90 minutes long, thus keeping fans glued to their seats for a fair amount of time.

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Anton Bitel of Sight and Sound said: “While it is certainly thrilling for its duration, what you see – or hear – is what you get.

“For here, as in A Quiet Place, viewers will find little subtext to keep ringing and resonating in their ears afterwards.”

One of the main concerns critics have shared is how the second film is louder and more action-packed than its predecessor, sometimes at the detriment of its emotional heft.

Clariss Loughrey of The Independent said in her three-star review: “A Quiet Place Part II is brasher, more action-driven, and louder.

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“It’s still thrilling to watch, even if the ideas ultimately dilute the terror of what came before.”

David Fear of Rolling Stone added in his three-star review: “What once felt clever now feels like the sort of exercise in corporate-entertainment brand-building that’s cynical enough to leave you speechless.”

With that being said, others have focused on the praise-worthy performances of the cast, namely Emily Blunt and Millicent Simmonds.

Robbie Collin of The Telegraph said: “Blunt remains a steely joy, and there can be no argument with her signature shotgun-plus-tea-dress look, suggestive of Ellen Ripley on the school run.”

Ian Freer of Empire magazine added in his three-star review: “A Quiet Place Part II might lack the smarts and novelty of its predecessor but it serves up strong set- pieces, Millicent Simmonds shines and Krasinski remains a director to watch.”

There are some critics who made clear this film was not for them, with David Jenkins of Little White Lies saying the movie was ‘let down by some laughably contrived screenwriting.’

However, in general, the reception to the movie is good, though the first film received far greater praise for its concept and originality.

A Quiet Place received a 96 percent critics aggregate score, showing how, while reception may not be as good, John Krasinski has proved himself an exciting director.

A Quiet Place Part II is out now

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This post originally appeared on Daily Express :: Entertainment Feed

ARK Patch Notes: Short list for ARK Genesis Part 2 update on PS4 and Xbox One

The launch of the final ARK Genesis DLC has been completed today, and while gamers can expect plenty of updates in the future to help fix bugs and other issues, this looks to be the final story instalment.

Things will continue into ARK 2, but ARK Genesis Part 2 looks set to be the last major update for the current game on PS4, Xbox One and PC.

Studio Wildcard has provided some concise patch notes for today’s ARK Survival Evolved expansion, complete with listed changes in other areas.

These latest update notes will appear pretty thin for those who are already exploring Genesis Part 2, but it should be noted that they are mostly focused on changes made outside of the new expansion.

A complete list of ARK patch notes released today by Studio Wildcard can be found below:

  • Genesis Part 2 is now available! (For unofficial hosts, the map name is Gen2)

  • Epic Settings bumped up further for improved visuals

  • Added a “Allow Enanched Max View Distance Mode” checkbox to settings

  • Added a “Reset Cinematics & Cosmetic Items” button to settings to enable a one-time playing of cinematics/receiving your cosmetics again.

  • Copy Dino Settings to nearby Dinos adding to Multi Use wheel on Creatures

  • Multiple Ferox bug fixes in various game modes (dedicated, non-dedicated, and single player)

  • Fixed an exploit with MEKs

  • Fixed an exploit with Managarmr

  • Ferox will now display stats for both of its forms

  • Enforcer can now climb walls by holding down shift (similar to Bloodstalker)

  • Cryofridge is now paintable

  • Player Taxidermies now support hairstyles

  • TEK Helmet multiuse wheel has been moved on keyboard to R

  • Training Dummy updated to support equipping armour so more precise DPS can be identified

  • Multiple holes, meshes, volume, floating folliage fixes across all platforms.

  • New player whistle “All Passive Flee”

  • New Server Configurations:

Further highlights from this week’s ARK Genesis DLC release can be found below:

Biome Variants – Some old friends will be making a reappearance in Genesis Part 2 — here’s an early look at our GEN-R variants, which include new versions of many previous expansions’ creatures!

Net Projectile – When a normal bola isn’t doing the job, in comes the net projectile. Using the net projectile with a harpoon, you’ll be able to net larger creatures.

TEK GEAR – Secure your base in Genesis Part 2 with the Remote Camera Security System. Issue commands, view, and communicate all from a remote location. You can even use them to spy-on and communicate with your enemies!

Void Wyrm – The silhouette might read as a wyvern but these mechanical sentries are nothing of the sort. Be careful when you’re out exploring, Voidwyrm does not take well to interlopers!

Jar of Pitch – If you’re going on a siege, you’ll definitely want something that can leave an impact. The Jar of Pitch allows you to do just that by leaving an impact area covered in flames.

Astrodelphis – Curious and inquisitive, the swift Astrodelphis may look like the cetaceans that once swam in Earth’s oceans but this variation had loftier dreams and made an interstellar home amongst the stars, evolving unique traits.

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This post originally appeared on Daily Express :: Entertainment Feed

ARK Genesis Part 2 UPDATE: ARK Genesis 2 has a new release date and time

Developers Studio Wildcard has confirmed that they have delayed the ARK Genesis Part 2 release date and launch time.

The initial plan was to launch the new DLC on June 2, complete with everything needed to complete the final expansion.

However, things have been delayed, and Studio Wildcard has confirmed that the ARK Genesis Part 2 release time has been changed to June 3.

The good news is that this new countdown will be relatively short, and as long as Wildcard is able to stick to its new schedule, gamers only have a few extra hours to wait.

WHAT IS THE ARK GENESIS PART 2 RELEASE TIME?

Developers Studio Wildcard has changed its plans, with the ARK Genesis Part 2 release time now set for 1pm BST, on Thursday, June 3.

For gamers in North America, the new expansion will be available at the earlier time of 8am EDT on the same day.

This should mean the new ARK Genesis update will be available to download later today on PS4, Xbox One and PC.

But like with any ARK patch, gamers should be prepared for more delays until everything has been released.

In the past, PC players have received updates first, followed by PS4 and Xbox One owners.

So it will be worth keeping an eye on the latest news shared on the official ARK social media platforms.

The latest message from Studio Wildcard explains: “Genesis Part 2 is currently finishing the automated certification process.

“We expect that process to be complete in the early morning, so we’ll be launching simultaneously on all platforms at 8 AM Eastern June 3rd. Thank you for your patience and support. It will be worth it!”

Some of the new features being promised for the ARK Genesis Part 2 release can be found listed below and includes the following:

Biome Variants – Some old friends will be making a reappearance in Genesis Part 2 — here’s an early look at our GEN-R variants, which include new versions of many previous expansions’ creatures!

Net Projectile – When a normal bola isn’t doing the job, in comes the net projectile. Using the net projectile with a harpoon, you’ll be able to net larger creatures.

TEK GEAR – Secure your base in Genesis Part 2 with the Remote Camera Security System. Issue commands, view, and communicate all from a remote location. You can even use them to spy-on and communicate with your enemies!

Void Wyrm – The silhouette might read as a wyvern but these mechanical sentries are nothing of the sort. Be careful when you’re out exploring, Voidwyrm does not take well to interlopers!

Jar of Pitch – If you’re going on a siege, you’ll definitely want something that can leave an impact. The Jar of Pitch allows you to do just that by leaving an impact area covered in flames.

Astrodelphis – Curious and inquisitive, the swift Astrodelphis may look like the cetaceans that once swam in Earth’s oceans but this variation had loftier dreams and made an interstellar home amongst the stars, evolving unique traits.

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This post originally appeared on Daily Express :: Gaming Feed

A Quiet Place Part II end credits: Is there a post-credit scene?

The island itself could very easily provide a sequel to this film, as the family could end up living here together and meeting other survivors.

As well as this, now they have Emmett to help them, though at the end of the film he is badly injured, so they will need to aid him medically first.

If John’s comments are right, it may be Part III already has an idea, and his wife and co-star Emily Blunt has already suggested this may be the case.

She told Collider: “(John) has a whole arc of ideas that could work.

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This post originally appeared on Daily Express :: Entertainment Feed

Minecraft Announces Caves & Cliffs Update: Part 1 Release Date

Minecraft Announces Caves & Cliffs Update

The update will be available for Minecraft: Bedrock Edition on Xbox Series X, Xbox Series S, Xbox One, PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, iOS, Android, and Windows 10 – as well as Java Edition on Windows, macOS, and Linux. Clearly, nobody is safe from those dreaded creatures. The good news is that the update also includes the lovely and totally-harmless-unless-you’re-a-drowned axolotls! Unfortunately, they’re confined to either water or a bucket, so they won’t be able to join my anti-goat crusade.

But that’s not all – the once Minecraft Earth-exclusive mob, the glow squid, will also be gracing our oceans! While I was Team Mooshroom (another petition I need to get around to), I’m just glad this one won’t be rewarding my kindness with a brutal shove. Plus, it’s so pretty it might just motivate me to build that huge aquarium I’ve always wanted.

And what would a Minecraft update be without blocks? This round, there’s plenty of them. Some of them will just pop up in the world, while others might be a bit trickier to discover. If instant gratification is your thing, then you can always switch to Creative mode, where you can access them all, from amethyst to dripleaves, and the highly anticipated copper block! Much like my referential humor, this block shows its age after being placed in the world, giving your builds a sense of history and a more organic feel. However, I think the most exciting thing for me is the spyglass! My eyesight isn’t what it used to be, so those goats really seem to come from nowhere right now.

Now, if you’ll excuse me, I need to private message every Mojang Studios employee about my petition.

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Texas Senator part of bipartisan deal to strengthen gun background checks

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FILE – In this Oct. 2, 2018, file photo, semi-automatic rifles fill a wall at a gun shop in Lynnwood, Wash. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson, File)
WASHINGTON (KXAN/NBC) — A Texas Republican Senator is joining forces with a Connecticut Democrat to pass a bipartisan bill to strengthen background checks on firearms. The change is small but would end an unintended loophole that has led to mass shootings.

Sens. John Cornyn, R-Texas, and Chris Murphy, D-Connecticut, have been quietly negotiating this bill, NBC News reported Wednesday, but the senators believe they could be on the verge of a compromise deal.

Democrats in the U.S. House passed a bill that would require background checks on almost all gun purchases, but that bill then stalled in the Senate.

This new bill from Cornyn and Murphy would clarify who exactly must register as a Federal Firearms Licensee and conduct FBI checks on people buying a gun. The current law’s ambiguity has allowed unlicensed sellers to “transfer weapons to dangerous people who skirt the background system,” NBC reports.

Police believe that loophole was responsible for the 2019 mass shootings in Midland and Odessa.

Efe Obayagbona Midland-Odessa shooting survivor
Efe Obayagbona (left) pictured with the sheriff’s deputy (right) who came to his rescue and transported him to the hospital on August 31, 2019. Obayagbona was seriously injured during a mass shooting along I-20 when he was driving a truck for his work at the time. Photo Courtesy Obayagbona’s family.

“We need to clear that up,” Cornyn said. “That by definition will make more people get background checks because all Federal Firearms Licensees have to do background checks.

“What we’re trying to protect, or carve out, are the hobbyist and or casual transactions between friends and family members, but capture the people who literally are making a living and making a profit selling firearms, and give that to the U.S. attorneys to prosecute.”

Murphy has been one of the leading voices for gun control legislation on Capitol Hill ever since the Sandy Hook Elementary School mass shooting in his state in 2012 killed 27 people, including 20 children between the ages of 6 and 7 years old.

Murphy says his partnership with Cornyn could encourage more support from reluctant Republicans to fix this loophole.

“It’s an opportunity for agreement,” Murphy said. “There is interest about reclassifying — about clarifying who is a dealer who isn’t. It’s very difficult to enforce, because the statute is ridiculously vague right now.”

NBC News says negotiations have been slow and quiet, but the two senators appear on the verge of a deal.

“Coming up with the exact language is a little bit of a challenge because you’re always going to find somebody who’s trying to parse those words,” Cornyn said. “But I think we can.”

Author: Wes Wilson
This post originally appeared on KXAN Austin